• How to Make Brushes from Garden Greenery Images in Photoshop and PSE

    The Garden Greenery series by Studio DD is available exclusively at DesignerDigitals. Each set contains a collection of vintage botanical clipart images which are extracted for easy drag-and-drop use. They are delivered as individual PNG files with no drop shadows. You can use the images to add beautifully hand painted greenery to your pages or you can create a brush from the images to use your purchase in new and different ways. Here's how:

    Begin by choosing a Garden Greenery image.
    Press Ctrl U (Mac: Cmd U) and slide the Saturation slider all the way to the left to convert the image to black and white. This allows you to visualize the brush details more clearly, but the brush can be created without taking this step.

    Make the brush by choosing Edit > Define Brush Preset from the Menu bar. In Elements, choose Edit > Define Brush.
    (If this option is grayed out, reduce the size of your image. In Photoshop 7.0 and later, reduce the image under 2500 pixels by 2500 pixels. In versions earlier than 7, reduce the size under 999 pixels.)
    Click OK in the Brush Name dialog box that populates.
    Now you've created a brush from the image. Find it by choosing the Brush tool and scrolling to the bottom of the brush picker. Your brush will be beautifully detailed like the original image and will have a wonderful transparency that allows you to blend the brush effect. The black portions of the image will be completely opaque, the white portions will be completely transparent, while the grey portions are somewhat translucent somewhere between 0% and 100% opacity.
    To make a botanical silhouette brush instead, fill the botanical image with black by choosing Edit > Fill from the Menu bar. In Elements, choose Edit > Fill Layer.
    This opens the Fill dialog box.
    Tick the "preserve transparency" box at the bottom of the box.
    Leave the Blending Mode "Normal" and Opacity 100%.
    Under Contents: choose Black and click OK.
    Choose Edit > Define Brush Preset from the Menu bar. In Elements, choose Edit > Define Brush.
    Click OK in the Brush Name dialog box that populates.
    The resulting brush will be 100% opaque with a silhouette look.

    This gives you two completely different brush effects from one set of images.
    Brushes can be used with the brush tools and other tools like erasers and clone stamps. Knowing this quick technique opens up more options for your Garden Greenery purchase.